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Ground Maintenance Update - July 2013

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Please find some advice being provided by the Lancashire Cricket Groundsman’s Association on current ground maintenance.

Large pavilion roof? Consider water harvesting. Water if not already will be an expensive commodity, usage for square irrigation and toilets could alleviate great deal of expense. More information available on ECB website at: Water in Sustainable Clubs.

Use roll on covers (not flat sheets) not only to protect pitches from rain but also sun to control moisture content. Crusty surfaces have been noted in dry conditions.

Meadow grass (poa annua) problem this season more than ever. Thin the grasses being careful not to get into the clay by verti-cutting to reduce this unwanted grass.

Players please consider help to your groundsman (often a volunteer, elderly and solo). Move sight screens for weekend matches, push on / off covers, collect fielding discs and move boundary rope.

Plan autumn renovation now by booking contractors for September, or plan to scarify pitches which are not to be used again this season in August.

If club groundsmen have any further questions please contact Paul Tatton (LCGA Vice-Chairman) on 0161 702 8615 or 07977 318406.

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